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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sensory Rice Table

I posted on Sunday about Finn's recent diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). One of his big problem areas is touch. He is extremely sensitive to touch, often is defensive about being touch unexpectedly, and he is not good at deciphering touch (what he is touching or where exactly he was touched). So, to work on some of these touch sensations, I made Finn a rice table.
I bought a whole bunch of white rice and dyed it using food coloring to provide some visual stimulation. We decided to keep in in a shallow plastic storage container that has a snapping lid. We keep it stashed under our bed, and set it on the table when Finn wants to use it. It is fun for Finn to dig around in and to let the rice run through his fingers. I also will bury objects in the rice and he has to find them without looking, or try to figure out what the object is before he pulls it out.
The table can be a bit messy (especially when Miss Phoebe comes to play) but it has been a success so far!

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  1. Love this! I can't wait to do this with the littles. I keep our cloud dough in a similar bin. It's nice to be able to snap the lid on, and put it in the closet. And then its so easy to get out when they want to use it!

  2. My little man was playing with rice this morning with his diggers, he had a blast. Yes, a little messy, but easy to clean up :)

  3. Wait, how do you keep all the colors separated like that? ;)